Was Paul a faithful reader of Scripture? Or did he twist Scripture to whatever he wanted? I believe Paul read faithfully, but must admit there are some problem texts. His use of Hosea 1:9-10 and Hosea 2:23 in Romans 9:24-26 is one that’s puzzled me for years. In Bryan E. Lewis’ published mDiv dissertation, Jew and Gentile Reconciled, he presents an ingenious solution, while unearthing a significant but surprisingly overlooked theme in the NT.
Tag: Pauline theology
The more I study God’s word, the more passages like Psalm 119:14 mean to me. As I look back these 4+ blogging years, I find my theology having widened and deepened significantly. Could Paul’s letters reflect a development of his own? This is the thesis of Garwood Anderson’s Paul’s New Perspective. Anyone familiar with recent Pauline studies will recognize the wordplay in his title, as Anderson’s thesis is directed to the debate surrounding the “Traditional” and “New” Perspectives on Paul (TPP and NPP hereafter). What if the two parties could be largely mediated by recognizing that Paul’s own theology developed?
The other day I was discussing Paul’s letter to the Romans with fellow CCBCY teacher Randy McCracken (who teaches OT and Romans here), and the merits (or lack thereof) of the New Perspective on Paul came up. His comments were insightful and encouraged me to brush up on the issues again. I found two great resources (albeit not new) that I’d recommend.
Coming later this year from the New Studies in Biblical Theology (NSBT) series is Brian Rosner’s Paul and the Law. There is significant debate on how New Testament authors (particularly Paul) understood the place of the law in the life of the Christian, and Rosner’s contribution looks to present a reasonable way forward.